Susan Palo Cherwien, Poet
For a wonderful article on Susan and her creative process and bio, please view this article:
Master of the artfully-turned phrase, Susan Cherwien, Poet. Michael L. Sherer. Metro Lutheran.
I love this text!
I love SO many things about this text.
- that it was created for our parish, based on our ministries and life together
- that it was created for the world-wide church and its ministry to all people.
- that it is based on so many wonderful and beautiful images.
- the idea that our church (nave) be as beautiful as that within us
- that it juxtaposes this idea of the church as God's house, but also our hearts.
- the word - All-embracing - yes - this is what we are called to be and do!
- that it celebrates what we strive to do in this place
- that it challenges us - "prodding us to evolve" & "May we in fair lives God's grace proclaim"
- that it motivates us to action in many ways- to serve as Jesus did
- that it continually reminds us that we are "signed and marked and sealed" in the waters of baptism, claimed as Christ's own.
- that it is a prayer - of praise - of thanksgiving - of hope - of action
- that it reminds us we are created in the image of God.
- that it is Trinitarian - God, Christ, Fire (spirit)
- the last phrase of stanza 5 - "in the now that does not pass away" - referring to God's time, not ours, and that God has, is and always will be with us, loving, serving, and prodding us.
- that it reminds me why I'm a follower of Christ, and why I'm thankful to be a part of this community.
This Sunday we sing our new hymn for the first time together. I hope for you it is a most meaningful experience, and that these words become words on your heart and inspire you to love and serve God.
Dr. Ben Keseley
Minister of Music
*** (11/23/2016) - We have learned this hymn will be published in a collection of new hymns due out in 2017 by Augsburg Fortress. We couldn't be happier that this hymn will no be more easily accessible to the greater church.